Archive | April, 2010

Microsoft says HTML 5 Video is the future of the web, IE 9 to support H.264 video only

30. April 2010

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Man, it sure is a tough week to be a Flash advocate. Hot on the heels of Steve Jobs’ position paper highlighting all of Flash’s shortcomings, Dean Hachamovitch, Microsoft’s General Manager of Internet Explorer, explained that HTML 5 Video is the future of the web and that IE 9 will only support video playback of [...]

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Former Adobe engineers say Adobe executives ignored the growing influence of the iPhone

30. April 2010

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Steve Jobs’ letter on Flash elicited a strong response from Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen, who in a video interview with the WSJ yesterday, attempted to rebuke many of the complaints, both technical and otherwise, listed by Jobs. Now, two former Adobe mobile engineers are speaking up and are laying the blame for Adobe’s Flash woes [...]

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Microsoft licenses patent portfolio to HTC, angling for royalty payments on Android handsets

30. April 2010

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Less than two months ago, Apple made a power move when it announced its plans to sue HTC for infringing on 20 Apple patents. Concurrently, Apple filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission seeking to ban the import of HTC manufactured devices. In early April, the ITC agreed to investigate Apple’s claims. Apple’s moves [...]

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Apple granted patent for new multitouch gestures

30. April 2010

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Patently Apple reports on a newly granted patent issued to Apple which covers an assortment of new multitouch gestures. According to the description, these new multitouch gestures take into account finger placement at the beginning of a multitouch gesture, which as you can tell, opens up a multitude of new possibilities while also making some [...]

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On Gizmodo and journalism

30. April 2010

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Some choice words from Johnny Titanium regarding Gizmodo’s behavior during the entire stolen iPhone ordeal: … Journalism is reporting on a story, not making yourself into a story. This would’ve been a neat Gizmodo piece: “Some retard swiped an iPhone prototype at a bar and called us up trying to sell it. We were like [...]

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Apple now largest US maker of phones

30. April 2010

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Apple recently surpassed Motorola to become the largest US maker of phones. Motorola yesterday released its earnings for the 1Q of 2010 and reported a total of 8.5 million in phone sales. Apple meanwhile sold 8.8 million phones during the same quarter. The fall of Motorola just goes to show how quickly things move in [...]

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From Alan Kay’s Dynabook to the Apple iPad

30. April 2010

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What you’re looking at above might seem like an early to mid-90′s predecessor to the iPad, but you might be surprised to learn that the device, called the Dynabook, was conceptualized in 1968 by famed computer scientist Alan Kay. The device was envisioned as an educational tool and was naturally geared towards children, as evidenced [...]

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Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen responds to Jobs’ critique

30. April 2010

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Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen, who actually began his career at Apple, speaks with Alan Murray of the Wall Street Journal to discuss many of the issues raised in Steve Jobs’ letter about Flash. If you watch the video below and are up for a little bit of fun, here’s a quick and dirty drinking game [...]

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The 21 year old who sold the iPhone 4G to Gizmodo – Revealed!

29. April 2010

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The grizzled face, the devious smile – what you’re looking at, folks, is evil incarnate. Well not really, but given the firestorm of controversy surrounding the ongoing iPhone 4G/Gizmodo story, you might have thought otherwise. As it turns out, the person who sold the iPhone 4G to Giz for $5 grand is just a regular [...]

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Why the Newton failed, and the iPad is poised for success

29. April 2010

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Note the 2 photos above. While familiar in appearance, and arguably similar in function, the two products couldn’t be further apart in terms of their mainstream success. On the left is Apple’s Newton, a handheld PDA adored by geeks that ultimately failed to garner mainstream success. The Newton project was eventually axed by Steve Jobs [...]

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Pianist Lang Lang plays “Flight of the Bumblebee” on an iPad [Video]

29. April 2010

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Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang recently gave concert goers in San Francisco a little extra bang for their buck when he delivered an encore, not with a piano, but with an iPad. In the video below, Lang plays “The Flight of the Bumblebee” using Smule’s Magic Piano iPad app. via WSJ

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Apple’s iAds will be premium priced

29. April 2010

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WSJ reports that Apple has lofty goals in mind with its upcoming iAd platform: Setting a high bar for its debut in the advertising business, Apple Inc. aims to charge close to $1 million for ads on its mobile devices this year and perhaps even more to be among the first, ad executives say. Apple is hitting [...]

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